Sauce Ti-Malice (or Sos Ti-Malice) is one of the most common sauces in Haiti. Usually served over grains, meat, poultry and seafood, Sos Ti Malice (Haitian Creole translation) is a sauce that is made with oil, spices, pikliz or hot pepper and tomato sauce or tomato paste and lemon or lime juice. The authentic recipe for Sauce Ti Malice is made with fresh spices and fresh herbs. Many people are opting to make it with powdered seasoning either for taste or for convenience.
The story behind the name Sos Ti Malice is somewhat interesting. Ti-Malice and Bouki (2 best friends) were always being mischievous with each other. To keep his friend Bouki from coming back at lunchtime to eat his food, one day Ti-Malice prepared a spicy sauce to serve with the meal. When Bouki arrived to his house and as usual he started enjoying Ti-Malice’s food. He immediately fell in love with the sauce and ran out of the street shouting about how delicious the sauce was and raving about the new sauce Ti-Malice had prepared for him. And this is how Sauce Ti-Malice or Sos Ti-Malice got its name.
This sauce is also used as a condiment when cooking meat, poultry or seafood dishes. The way it is done is, you would prepare the sauce and finish cooking the seafood, poultry or meat in the sauce. As there are several versions of the sauce, many people also make it using leftover cooking liquid from meat or poultry.
If you are wondering if Sauce Ti-Malice is easy to make, well you will be surprise to know that this will probably be the easiest sauce you’ll ever make. Throughout the years, I have learned that not all spices, herbs, mixed spices, tomato sauce or tomato paste and oil will make the sauce tasty – to my liking. I say to my liking because my eating habits have changed drastically over the years. I am very careful with the ingredients I use. Another important ingredient in making the sauce is Pikliz. Pikliz is another condiment made with cabbage, carrot, peas and other spices and herbs that are pickled in white vinegar. This particular condiment is also served with fried, grilled, or roasted meat or poultry and fritters.
To start, when making the sauce, you need to make sure that you have a good olive oil or grapeseed oil, fresh spices, and a good tomato paste or tomato sauce brand. You can also make it with fresh tomatoes if you prefer not to use tomato paste or tomato sauce. If you want to use store- bought mixed spices, make sure that it is low sodium base with an original taste. Adding Worcestershire sauce or Maggi sauce is also by preference. It is all about what you want and how you want it to taste. But if you want the real authentic taste of the Caribbean, use fresh herbs and spices, tomato paste, Pikliz or hot pepper.
Sauce Ti-Malice, is not like any other sauce. The final result is what you want it to be. If taste matters to you and as mentioned earlier, use good ingredients. Use it on your roasted or grilled meat, poultry and seafood as well as grains. And don’t forget that the secret ingredient is adding the right amount of lemon juice. You can also add shallots instead of onions.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion chopped or 1/2 cup shallots chopped
- 1 garlic clove chopped finely
- 2 whole cloves
- 1/2 cup red bell peppers (or green peppers) sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 - 3 tablespoons Pikliz
- 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice freshly squeezed
- Salt and ground pepper to taste
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 2 cups water at room temperature
- In a large frying pan or saucepan, heat oil on medium to high heat, add remaining ingredients one after the other, making sure that all ingredients are well blended and slightly cooked for 3 minutes.
- Add water, stir to incorporate, season to taste and cook over low to medium heat for 12-15 minutes.
- Serve with fried, roasted, and grilled meat or poultry.